WILLOUGHBY, Harold T. 1872-1950
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 4/8/2015 at 07:21:26
H. T. Willoughby Dies Suddenly
Harold T. Willoughby died quite suddenly from a heart attack while seated in a chair in his room at Allen Memorial hospital in Waterloo last Friday, July 14th. He had been in failing health during the past year and had been a hospital patient for several weeks. He was 77 years, 3 months and 5 days old at the time of his death. He was born on a Grundy county farm April 9, 1873.
Funeral services were held at the Baptist church in Grundy Center at 2:30 Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery. Rev. J. L. Pace officiated at the service.
Harold Willoughby attended country school until he was ten years old, when his parents, A. F. and Sarah M. Willoughby, moved to Randolph, New York. He attended school there until his parents moved back to Grundy county in 1887. He graduated from the Grundy Center high school in 1891, with the first class ever to graduate from this school. He taught country schools in Grundy county for several years after his graduation and then went to Stutsman county, North Dakota, where he took out a claim.
After several years on a farm, he became a United States railway mail clerk.
On May 5, 1908, he was married to Nellie Powers, a Cresco, Ia., girl. No children were born to this marriage, but they raised a girl, Elizabeth, from babyhood.
Soon after his marriage he transferred to the U.S. Custom service and for a number of years was customs collector at Crosby on the Canadian border.
In 1921 he associated himself with F. R. Trevillyan in the partnership of Trevillyan & Willoughby in the hardware business in Grundy Center. He continued in that business until September, 1939, when on account of his wife's failing health he sold his interest in the business and took his wife to Arizona for her health, but on October 26, 1939, she died. After his wife's death he spent part of his time in Arizona, part in California and part in Grundy Center.
He attended the Baptist church. He was for a great many years a member of the Masonic fraternity. He was a great lover of children.
He leaves to mourn his loss a brother, Hugh A. Willoughby, of Grundy Center, and his family, and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 20 July 1950, pg 10
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